TBI Talks: Capitalising on Asia’s Global Reach

As the content business looks to return to some sort of normalcy, TBI Talks turns its attention to Asia to get ahead of the curve and explore how broadcasters, streamers, producers and distributors from the region are responding. We will hear from leading execs about this vibrant and rapidly growing part of the world, discuss content requirements and also delve into partnership opportunities.

TBI Talks is a lively and informative series of monthly online discussions with key players from across the content business, who cut to the heart of the challenges facing the industry and provide deep insights into new growth areas.

Each session allows viewers to:

  • Gain insight from market-leading executives on how their businesses are changing
  • Find out where opportunities lie ahead
  • Hear from industry-leading analysts about changing trends and demand areas


The fantastic line-up for our next session includes:

Aparna Acharekar is Programming Head at streaming giant ZEE5 India, which offers more than 100 original series and thousands of hours of acquired Indian and international TV programming, as well as Bollywood movies and Hollywood content. Acharekar leads the streamer’s content team and has been with the group since 2006, having worked in media for more than two decades.

Andy Kaplan is Chairman at KC Global Media Entertainment, which recently acquired Sony’s Asian media networks, including AXN and Sony One. Kaplan was previously President of Sony Pictures Worldwide Networks, which counted over 4,000 employees at the end of his tenure and earned over $2.5bn in revenues. Kaplan is also Non-Executive Chairman of media firm Qyou India.

Saugato Banerjee is Managing Director of A+E Networks Asia, leading the expansion of the business across the region with oversight of long-form original production, digital content and channels. He has been with the organisation since 2011, leading the expansion of A+E’s footprint though multiple roles spanning strategy, business development, operations, digital and general management.

Ian McKee is founder & CEO at Vuulr, a market-leading global online sales platform that connects buyers with distributors worldwide, providing each other with a platform to negotiate and transact directly and securely online. It currently offers more than 80,000 hours of content across 90 languages from an array of companies including Sony and WarnerMedia.

Maria Rua Aguete is Executive Director of Media, Service Providers & Platforms at international analyst firm Omdia. She leads a team that has long-standing relationships with operators in more than 70 markets, delivering the most comprehensive source of TV and operator market intelligence in the world.


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